Intel cans 800MHz Xeon, few hurt

But watch out for the 16th July

Chip giant Intel confirmed this morning that lack of demand from its customers has led it to can the up-and-coming 800MHz Xeon.

We revealed the existence of this part when we published details of the firm's roadmap earlier this year.

An Intel representative said that PC customers preferred to wait for a faster Xeon processor.

He said that customers wanted to wait six months or so between introductions of the server Xeon processors, mainly due to validation reasons. PC firms are also looking for double digital increments of raw megahurtz speeds.

Intel will now release two flavours of 9xx Cashcades Xeon in the first quarter of next year, most likely with 1MB and 2MB of cache.

Intel will cut prices on its Xeon family of processors on the 16th of July next, again as revealed here. That day, it is also expected to announce prices for its 64-bit Itanic family of products.

However, readers of this publication report that they already have 800MHz components, installed in machines they have purchased.

Intel said that while samples may have been available, the only chips delivered to its customers so far have had small caches.

That suggests that Intel may have problems with yields, and the story about PC customers might merely be a smokescreen.

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